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VOL. 131 | NO. 244 | Thursday, December 8, 2016

St. Jude Area Focus of $37M Investment from Memphis, State

State government and the city of Memphis have announced multimillion-dollar contributions to improve the public infrastructure around the Downtown campus of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Four-Story 'Treble Clef' To Be Permanent Part Of Riverfront

A four-story paddle wheel riverboat that used to be a casino pulled into the Wolf River Harbor before dawn Thursday, Dec. 8, as Memphis Riverboats Inc. prepares to renovate what is now the “Treble Clef” as a permanent part of the city’s riverfront.

‘MemphisWorks’ Jobs, Training App Launches

A new “MemphisWorks” app unveiled Wednesday, Dec. 7, at the Greater Memphis Chamber’s Annual Chairman’s Luncheon is a comprehensive jobs and training effort that took nine months to get in one digital place, with help from an anonymous donor.

Shelby County Schools Board Sets Stage for School Right-Sizing Decision

Parents and teachers of three schools that would be closed under the latest right-sizing plan for Shelby County Schools made a vocal show of force Tuesday, Dec. 6, as the SCS board voted to begin the process of public hearings in areas affected by the plan.

HopeWorks Busy Helping People While Staying Grounded in Faith

As executive director of nonprofit HopeWorks, Ron Wade has to be practical. And helping people get their education and find employment is about as practical as it gets.

Local Weather
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EVENTS

Ballet Memphis and the Memphis Symphony Orchestra will perform “The Nutcracker” Friday through Sunday, Dec. 9-11, at The Orpheum Theatre, 203 S. Main St. Performances start at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. each day. This annual production features a cast of nearly 100 professional dancers, local children, musicians and vocalists. Buy tickets at balletmemphis.org.

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Shelby County Home Sales Rise 30 Percent in November

November was a strong month for home sales in Shelby County. November sales increased 30 percent, with 1,424 sales compared to 1,093 a year ago, according to Market Trend data compiled by real estate information company Chandler Reports.

Last Word: MemphisWorks App, Tyler Talks and Millington Home Sales

A busy annual Greater Memphis Chamber Chairman’s Circle luncheon Wednesday topped by the debut of a jobs app that is more than ye olde classified ads reformatted on a digital device.

Local Mortgage Market Sees Busy November

If mortgage bankers in Shelby County were expecting things to start winding down for the year in November, the pace of activity for the month kept them unexpectedly busy.

Air Canada Returns to Memphis International With Toronto Flights

Air Canada is returning to Memphis International Airport to resume nonstop service between Memphis and Toronto Pearson International Airport, the airline announced Wednesday, Dec. 7.

Council Approves Two Downtown Hotels, Sets Vote on Dairy Expansion

Memphis City Council members approved two conversions of Downtown buildings into hotels Tuesday, Dec. 6, and set a Jan. 17 date for a public hearing and vote on expansion plans for the Turner Dairy in Overton Square.

REAL ESTATE RECAP

Trader Joe’s Developer Seeks $2.5M Permit

2130 Exeter Road, Germantown, TN 38138 • Permit Amount: $2.5 million 

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Retire, Then Reinvent Yourself

Birth is a beginning. Death is an ending. Everything in between is merely a transition. The secret to fulfillment, to leading a purpose-driven life, to happiness, is how you learn to manage and maximize those transitions.

It’s Not All About You On Website

Today, 97 percent of consumers search for products and services online. However, many companies don’t have a website that keeps the goals of their users in mind. Likewise, many websites are designed without forethought into when users are accessing the site and for what purpose, resulting in a lack of mobile optimization or call-to-action tools, according to the Score Association.

More ‘Gilmore’

“Gilmore Girls,” a show that ran on the WB, and the CW, from 2000-2007, has been streaming on Netflix since July of this year. I like it. I like the fast-paced dialogue, the pop culture references and the less-burdened Lauren Graham. Netflix’s mini-series revival – “Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life” – kicked off in late November.

Outsourcing: Savings, But No Specifics

The Haslam administration is forging ahead with plans to nab a statewide facilities services contractor after an outside analysis backed up a study showing estimated cost savings of more than $35 million a year at Tennessee universities.

STATEWIDE

2 Juveniles Charged in Tennessee Wildfires That Killed 14

SEVIERVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Authorities on Wednesday charged two juveniles in an East Tennessee wildfire that killed 14 people and destroyed or damaged more than 1,700 buildings.

New Tennessee Plan Would Give School Districts More Control

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee is proposing a plan that would give local school districts more control over issues such as improving poor-performing schools.

ECONOMY

US Employers Post Fewer Jobs, Though Openings Stay Healthy

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. employers posted fewer jobs in October than the previous month, but job openings are still at a mostly healthy level that points to steady hiring ahead.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

Innovation or Monopoly? Panel Looks at ATT-Time Warner Deal

WASHINGTON (AP) – Senators questioning the logic of a proposed merger between AT&T and Time Warner turned their focus to the nickels and dimes of the issue, at least as to how the $85.4 billion mega-deal would affect Americans. OK, you say this huge merger will enhance, not quash, competition and benefit consumers. Will it actually reduce prices that consumers pay?

Starbucks to Boost Number of Shops, Add More Food to Menu

NEW YORK (AP) – Starbucks, looking to the future as its longtime CEO moves to other projects, plans to open 12,000 new locations within five years to boost its number of coffee shops worldwide by almost 50 percent.

HEALTH CARE

China Fines Medtronic $17 Million on Anti-Monopoly Charges

BEIJING (AP) – Medical device maker Medtronic, whose spinal business is based in Memphis, has been fined $17 million by Chinese anti-monopoly regulators in the latest effort by Beijing to force down what it sees as unreasonably high prices.

Pfizer Fined for Hiking Epilepsy Drug Price 2,600 Pct in UK

LONDON (AP) – British regulators fined U.S. drugmaker Pfizer and distributor Flynn Pharma a record 89.4 million pounds ($112.7 million) Wednesday for increasing the cost of an epilepsy drug by as much as 2,600 percent.

Study: 'Obamacare' Repeal-Only Would Make 30M Uninsured

WASHINGTON (AP) – Repealing President Barack Obama's health care law without a replacement risks making nearly 30 million people uninsured, according to a study released Wednesday.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 79 396 11,921
MORTGAGES 90 443 13,870
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 10 70 1,928
BUILDING PERMITS 191 975 25,139
BANKRUPTCIES 56 289 7,762
BUSINESS LICENSES 23 184 4,083
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 22 166 4,847
MARRIAGE LICENSES 16 81 2,625

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